Generating your own electricity with a home wind power unit is an ideal way to start becoming less reliant on carbon based energy and to get going with ‘green’ energy. Home wind power units can be installed in just about any location and even in the most gentle of breezes modern units will produce electricity for you to use.
Rainwater harvesting can be used to supplement your household water with the use of rainwater filters. When filtered, it can be used for laundry, washing, and flushing toilets. If proper steps are taken to insure it’s purity it can even be used for household drinking water.
Using the sun’s natural energy to heat your swimming pool with solar pool panels is not only environmentally friendly way but will also be highly cost effective over a period of time. When using solar energy to heat water for a domestic use, you want to heat a small amount of water to very high temperatures; whereas with solar pool panels you’ll want to raise the temperature of a large volume of water by just a few degrees – an ideal use for solar heating panels.
When we talk about green building materials, we are not referring to their color, although they can come in many shades of green. No, it has to do with them being what is known as eco-friendly. That is, they are designed to not create a negative impact on the environment.
Lots of people think that green building materials only do things such as conserve energy or are recyclable, or are made from recycled raw material, but that is only a small part of it.
Green building materials also help to reduce maintenance costs over the total life of the structure; they help to improve the health of the people living / using the building, and they also lower the costs you have to bear when making renovations to the building.
During the cold, winter months, electricity bills can soar as our homes get colder and need more heat to be comfortable, and the days grow shorter so lights are left on much longer. At the same time, wouldn’t it be nice to have a smaller electric bill during the winter – especially when there are things like Christmas and New Year’s to spend that extra money on? To help you find ways to save money however you can, here’s a list of some helpful energy conservation tips for winter.
Give them a try, and you might actually be surprised at how much you save!
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